First Place Indiana Hosts Michigan State
January 6, 2002Hoosiers Sit On Top of the Big Ten
Indiana stays at home for its second straight game as the Hoosiers sit in first place in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers (9-5, 2-0) host Michigan State (9-5, 0-1) on Tuesday, January 8 at 7 p.m.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN with Dave Barnett and Quinn Buckner. It will also be heard on the IU Radio Network with Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith.
Inside the Series
Indiana owns a 58-36 all-time mark against Michigan State. The home court has been the key in this series as of late as the home team has won 15 of the last 16 games. Indiana has posted wins at Assembly in eight of the last nine meetings with the Spartans and own an impressive all-time record of 37-9 at home (21-7 at the Hall). No win was bigger than last year when the Hoosiers posted their first win ever in the Hall over a No. 1 ranked team.
Looking for First 3-0 Start Since 1993-94
Indiana is looking to start 3-0 in the Big Ten for the fist time since the 1993-94. That season the Hoosiers posted a 12-6 conference mark to place third.
At the Hall in Big Ten Play
Indiana owns an impressive 220-41 (.843) in Big Ten play at Assembly Hall. They have not lost to a single team more than nine times in the Hall.
Doing it With Defense
Indiana set a Big Ten record last year when it held its opponents to .382 from the floor. The Hoosiers have gotten off to a good start in conference play holding Northwestern to .340 from the floor and to just 44 points and then coming back to hold Penn State to just 54 points and .388 from the floor. The 44 points allowed against the Wildcats was the lowest amount surrendered in Big Ten play by an Indiana team since 1992.
The combined numbers show the Hoosiers holding Big Ten opponents to 49 points per game and .363 from the floor. Just once in their four halves this season have the Hoosiers allowed more than nine field goals.
Why Defense is So Important
Indiana defeated Penn State and shot just 28 percent from the floor in the game, hitting just nine field goals in the first half and just five in the second half.
Charity Stripe to the Extreme
After shooting just two free throws and missing both of them against Northwestern, Indiana went to the line 38 times against Penn State scoring 32 points from the stripe, three more than the Hoosiers scored from the floor.
Odle Already Having a Career Year
Senior Jarrad Odle has made a statement to kick off his final Big Ten season as he helped lead the Hoosiers to a 59-44 win at Northwestern to earn only his second career Big Ten start against Penn State. Odle netted a career-high 16 points and added a career-best and team-high 15 rebounds against the Wildcats and added 11 points and a team-high nine boards against the Nittany Lions.
On the season Odle is averaging 7.3 points per game, 4.2 points more than his career average heading into this year. He already has 27 points in conference play this year. He scored a total of 10 points in Big Ten play as a freshman, 35 as a sophomore and 24 as a junior. Overall on the season, Odle has netted 88 points two more than his career best which came last season.
Who Shines Against the Spartans
The current Indiana roster has combined to score a total of 104 points in 23 career games played (an average of 4.5 per game per player). Jared Jeffries leads all Hoosiers with 25 career points (12.5 per game) against the Spartans.
Jarrad Odle has played some of his best games against Michigan State as his career numbers of 5.7 points and 4.7 rebounds were both career bests for him against conference foes coming into this season.
Nation's Third Toughest Schedule
Indiana's strength of schedule ranks third in the country according to the latest Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) report. Only Arizona and Temple have schedules that rank higher.
The Hoosiers have faced five undefeated teams this season and two more had just one loss when they met Indiana.
The combined record of the five teams that Indiana has lost to this season is 58-10.
Coverdale Getting Back on Track Somewhat
Tom Coverdale isstarting to get back on track after suffering through a scoring slump. Against Kentucky and Eastern Washington he netted a total of four points and shot 0-for-11 from the floor. Since then he has scored in double digits in each of the last games with 12, 13 and 12.
Against Northwestern he shot well hitting 5-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-6 from three, but over the last five games he has shot 11-of-41 (.268) from the floor and in the last six games has shot 5-for-26 (.192) from three-point range.
Prior to his recent shooting slump Coverdale had hit .439 of his shots from the floor in his first nine games and from three-point range in his first eight games he had hit .429 of his shots from three-point range.
Jeffries Among Nation's Top Players
Jared Jeffries, a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate, has been listed as one of the top 30 candidates for national player of the year honors. The Wooden Award released its midseason list of the country's top 30 players and Jeffries was on that list.
Jeffries has led the Hoosiers in scoring in both of their first two Big Ten games as he has netted 17 points in both games. He went 8-for-14 from the floor against Northwestern and 11-of-14 from the free throw line against Penn State.
Jeffries has led Indiana in scoring seven times this season, including in each of the last four contests. On the year the Hoosiers are 6-1 when Jeffries leads them in scoring.
Hornsby Likes Long Distance
Twenty-one of 29 (.724) of Kyle Hornsby's baskets this season have come from behind the three-point line. A total of 76.8 percent of all of the shots that he has taken have been from three-point range.
He has been a streak shooter as of late. Against Penn State he was 1-of-7 (.142) from the field and 0-for-6 from three-point range. In the prior three-game span against Eastern Washington, Butler and Northwestern Hornsby hit 11-of-20 (.550) from the field and 10-of-17 (.588) from three-point range. Prior to that three-game stretch he was hitting 30.9 percent from the floor and 27.5 percent from three-point range.
Newton Off to His Best Start
Jeff Newton has quietly been a key contributor for the Hoosiers in their first two Big Ten games. Against Northwestern he scored four points and pulled down eight rebounds while blocking four shots. Against Penn State he scored nine points and added seven rebounds along with three blocks.
The 14 points and 15 rebounds and seven blocks is the best Big Ten start of his career. The 15 boards is a career-best two-game Big Ten performance. Last year he scored 11 points, had eight rebounds and no blocked shots in his first two games. As a freshman season he scored 10 points, had four boards and swatted five shots after two games.
All or Nothing
There seems to be no in between when it comes to the Hoosiers three-point shooting this season. It is either make or miss.
Strong Shooting (8-1)
Alaska-Anchorage-W 16-24 School record for threes in a game
Texas-W 11-21 Sixth most threes in IU history
Eastern Washington-W 10-16
Butler-L 9-16 Seven first half threes
North Carolina-W 9-26 Nine first half threes
Notre Dame-W 7-17
Northwestern-W 7-19 5-9 in the second half
Ball State-W 6-20
Total 80-173 (.462)
Poor Shooting (1-4)
Penn State-W 1-14
Southern Illinois-L 4-18
Total 13-84 (.155)
Fife Offensive Outburst Slowing Down
Dane Fife is averaging 8.9 points per game this year, 4.5 points more than his career average heading into this, his senior season. He has twice hit the 20-point plateau, including a career-high 23 points two games ago against Eastern Washington.
He netted 12 points against Butler for his second straight double-digit scoring game and his fifth of the season in 12 games. Coming into this year he had netted 10+ points just 10 times in 94 games.
Fife has scored 125 points this year, already more than he scored his entire freshman season and his entire sophomore campaign. His career-best for points in a season is 173 which he netted last year.
He has been slowed offensively in Big Ten play scoring five points all from the free throw line as he is shooting 0-for-10 in conference play. But, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year candidate, has held strong on the other end of court. He held Northwestern's Winston Blake to five points on 2-of-9 from the floor.
75 Points Means Victory
Indiana has won its last 19 games dating back to the 1999-2000 season when it scores 75+ points. Over that same time span the Hoosiers are 12-22 when scoring less than 75 points.
The Difference Between Winning and Losing
Stat In Wins In Losses
Field Goal Percentage .453 .356
3Pt Field Goal Percentage .426 .244
Points Per Game 75.4 55.6
Jeffries Points Per Game 19.0 11.2
Jeffries Field Goal Percentage .500 .328
Jeffries 3Pt Field Goal Percentage .520 .000
Fife's Points Per Game 10.1 6.8
Fife's Field Goal Percentage .478 .351
Fife's 3Pt Field Goal Percentage .559 .368
Protecting the Ball
As is the case with most teams, Indiana commits less turnovers at home. The Hoosiers average 9.6 turnovers at Assembly Hall and own a 3-0 record. Away from the Hall the Hoosiers have turned the ball over six more times per game and own a 6-5 record in those games.
Game Starters Points
Penn State (W) Jeffries, Odle, Coverdale, Fife, Hornsby 47
Northwestern (W) Jeffries, Leach, Coverdale, Fife, Hornsby 39
Butler (L) Jeffries, Leach, Coverdale, Fife, Hornsby 54
E. Washington (W) Jeffries, Leach, Coverdale, Fife, Hornsby 62
Kentucky (L) Jeffries, Newton, Moye, Coverdale, Fife 27
Miami (L) Jeffries, Leach, Fife, Perry, Hornsby 26
Ball State (W) Jeffries, Leach, Fife, Perry, Hornsby 47
Notre Dame (W) Jeffries, Leach, Fife, Perry, Hornsby 54
So. Illinois (L) Jeffries, Leach, Moye, Coverdale, Fife 43
No. Carolina (W) Jeffries, Leach, Moye, Fife, Perry 46
Texas (W) Jeffries, Leach, Moye, Fife, Perry 59
Marquette (L) Jeffries, Newton, Hornsby, Coverdale, Fife 37
Alaska-Anch. (W) Jeffries, Newton, Hornsby, Coverdale, Fife 65
Charlotte (W) Jeffries, Newton, Hornsby, Coverdale, Fife 51
Coverdale Connecting from the Line
Tom Coverdale is shooting .932 from the free throw line this season as he has missed just three times in 44 attempts. The school record for free throw percentage in a season is .921 which was set by Steve Alford in 1984-85. In Big Ten play Coverdale is a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
For the second time this season Indiana came back to defeat an opponent when the Hoosiers erased an 14-point deficit against Penn State. With the exception of that game and a come from behind victory at Charlotte, Indiana's victories for the most part have come when the Hoosiers have gotten out to an early lead and held that lead for nearly the entire game.
Opponent Minutes Led Outcome
Penn State 5:48 W
Northwestern 40:00 W
Butler 33:17 L
Eastern Washington 40:00 W
Kentucky 1:39 L
Miami 4:55 L
Ball State 38:38 W
Notre Dame 40:00 W
Southern Illinois 6:35 L
North Carolina 39:06 W
Texas 32:48 W
Marquette 34:34 L
Alaska-Anchorage 40:00 W
Charlotte 6:40 W
Three-Point Record Could Fall
Three times this season Indiana has connected for 10+ threes in a game including a school-record 16 against Alaska-Anchorage. They also netted 11 treys against Texas and 10 against Eastern Washington and hit nine in the first half against North Carolina.
On the season Indiana has hit 6.6 threes per game. At this current pace the Hoosiers would drain 192 threes during this regular season. The school record of 197 which was set back in 1992-93.
Scoring in the Last 5:00
Scoring in the last 5:00 of a game was no more important than it was against Penn State when the Hoosiers grabbed their first lead since 2-0 with 5:49 left and hung on for the victory.
Jared Jeffries leads the Hoosiers in scoring in the final 5:00 of games as he has 35 points during that window. Twenty (23.3 percent) of A.J. Moye's 86 points have come in the final 5:00.
Player Points Free Throws
Jeffries 35 16-21
Coverdale 28 15-17
Moye 20 12-18
Fife 14 6-8
Leach 9 1-2
Newton 8 4-4
Hornsby 7 0-0
Tapak 5 0-0
Perry 5 3-6
Odle 4 0-0
Johnson 3 0-0
10+ From Coverdale Spells Success
Tom Coverdale has scored in double digits 29 times on his career and the Hoosiers own an impressive 21-8 (.724) in those games.
Player No. of 10+ point games IU Record
Jeffries 42 28-13
Coverdale 29 21-8
Newton 22 16-6
Hornsby 16 12-4
Fife 16 10-5
Moye 5 3-2
Odle 4 3-1
Leach 1 0-1
Career Double Digit Rebounding
Player No. of 10+ rebound games IU Record
Jeffries 7 5-2
Newton 2 1-1
Hornsby 1 1-0
Leach 1 0-1
Moye 1 1-0
Odle 1 1-0
Indiana's bench has scored 289 points this season, an average of nearly 20.6 per game. The high came against Alaska-Anchorage when the bench scored 36 points.
Bench Scoring Total Leader
Penn State 14 Newton, 10
Northwestern 20 Odle, 16
Butler 10 Newton, 6
E. Washington 24 Moye, 7
Kentucky 25 Odle, 12
Miami 27 Coverdale, 16
Ball State 27 Coverdale, 19
Notre Dame 22 Coverdale, 11
Southern Illinois 17 Newton, 11
North Carolina 33 Coverdale, 17
Texas 18 Coverdale, 11
Marquette 12 Odle, 8
Alaska-Anchorage 36 Odle, 14
Charlotte 14 Leach. 8
Coverdale Among Top 20 in Assists
Tom Coverdale's 233 assists ranks18th on the IU all-time career assist list.
15. Lyndon Jones 306 1988-91
16. Greg Graham 304 1990-93
17. Neil Reed 285 1995-97
18. Tom Coverdale 233
Fife Stealing History
Dane Fife currently ranks third on IU's all-time career steals list.
1. Steve Alford 178 1984-87
2. Greg Graham 151 1990-93
3. Dane Fife 148
Alan Henderson 148 1992-9
Climbing the Points Scored List
Four current Hoosiers rank among IU's top 100 all-time scorers.
58. George McGinnis 719 1971
59. Scott Burke 696 1953-55
60. Lyndon Jones 688 1988-91
Landon Turner 688 1979-81
62. Jared Jeffries 687
75. Don Ritter 560 1971-73
76. Gary Long 548 1959-61
77. Peter Obremsky 546 1956-58
78. Dane Fife 540
79. William Gladness 534 1998-99
Todd Leary 534 1990, 1992-94
81. Hebert Lee 532 1959
82. William Menke 530 1939-41
83. Tom Coverdale 528
84. Steve Risley 515 1978-81
85. Kenneth Gunning 512 1935-37
86. Ernest Andres 511 1937-39
88. Charles Hall 501 1960-62
89. Jeff Newton 494
Swatting Away Records
IU is averaging 6.1 blocked shots per game this season. At this current pace the Hoosiers would swat away 179 shots this regular season. The all-time school mark of 178 blocks was set last year.
George Leach leads the block party with 37 of them.
Jeff Newton ranks second on the team in blocks and continues to climb the school's all-time list. His 28 blocks this season brings his career total to 130 which ranks sixth on the all-time list.
4. Ray Tolbert 152 1978-81
5. Eric Anderson 137 1989-92
6. Jeff Newton 133
First half scoring 468 33.4
First half margin +47 +3.3
First half shooting .432 174-402
Second half scoring 489 34.9
Second half margin +40 +2.8
Second half shooting .409 159-389
Most Points, half 1st: 44, E. Washington, Alaska
2nd: 57, Alaska-Anchorage
Fewest Points, half 1st: 20, Southern Illinois
2nd: 20, Kentucky
Most Pts. Allowed, half 1st: 36, Texas
2nd: 45, Notre Dame
Fewest Pts. Allowed,half 1st: 17, Marquette
2nd: 19, Northwestern
Best FG%, half 1st: .577, Eastern Washington
2nd: .595, Alaska-Anchorage
Worst FG%s, half 1st: .258, Southern Illinois
2nd: .208, Penn State
Best Defensive FG%,half 1st: .276, Marquette
2nd: .281, Charlotte
Worst Defensive FG%,half 1st: .500, Kentucky
2nd: .636, Southern Illinois
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